Late Saturday evening, Alabama State Troopers reported a crash on Interstate 65, resulting in the death of two victims who have been recently identified by the police. Their vehicle, notably labeled disabled, was struck by a tractor-trailer truck. Prattville, Ala., resident, 27-year-old Kimberly Livingston, and an Autaugaville, Ala., resident, identified as 22-year-old Marquita Speer, were killed in the crash.
The crash is believed to have taken place in the northbound lanes of I-65, close to mile marker 189, at around 11 p.m. near the Pine Level exit in Autauga County.
Two other pedestrians, attempting to assist the disabled Ford LTD, were also injured in the incident, authorities say. The pedestrians’ injuries and identities have not been released to the public.
According to Troopers, the driver of the tractor trailer was not injured during the crash.
In response to the accident, the Prattville and Pine Level fire departments, the Autauga County Sheriff’s office, Alabama State Troopers and the Department of Transportation all responded to the scene.
Despite regulations put in place help ensure safe operation of commercial vehicles, it is the responsibility of the commercial motor carrier to make certain all vehicles and drivers it employs meet all federal laws. However, issues still often arise in commercial vehicle litigation, including truck driver fatigue, Hours of Service regulations, distraction due to electronic devices and statutory background of all federal trucking safety laws.
Each year, more than 4,000 people die in collisions with trucks and although these trucks make up less than four percent of all passenger vehicles on U.S. roads, 12 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involve commercial vehicles.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of Saturday’s crash.